Our chaplains

Piyasilo Bhikku

I am a Buddhist Forest Monk, and delighted to make connections with, and support Deakin’s diverse Buddhist community. As a multifaith chaplain, I am available for all students and staff – whatever faith affinity or background. I’m interested in promoting equality, inclusion and diversity in all areas of life, including spirituality. I want to help remove barriers to social and spiritual participation, especially for women; transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse people; those who are same-sex attracted, have a disability or are from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

Rabbi Bochi Broh

I'm the Jewish Chaplain on campus. I have spent the past 10 years travelling the world as a Rabbi, helping serve different communities in countries such as Nigeria, Serbia, Israel, Italy, Canada, US and China to name just a few. Life is short and precious, and it's my mission to bring out the best within each individual, helping people to focus on the good. 'Think good and it will be good!' Feel free to contact me whenever and wherever so together we can help make this place a world G-d would be proud to call His home.

Rabbi Boruch Broh

Rev John Carrick

I'm an Anglican chaplain at Burwood Campus (I'm on campus Wednesday afternoons) as well as the Lead Minister at St Thomas’ Burwood. Come and chat about anything, or contact me via phone or email: I'll help in whatever way I can. There's a sign on our office which states 'Chaplain at work – please disturb', so please do!

Imam Riad Galil

I'm Deakin's imam (Muslim) chaplain and I'm based at Burwood Campus. I'm also the Senior Imam at the West Heidelberg Mosque and a chaplain at RMIT. I've got a background in science and industrial chemistry and have worked in both secondary and tertiary institutions for over 20 years. I'm married with 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Daniella Li

I’m an Evangelical chaplain at Burwood Campus. I became a Christian when I was in first year Uni so, I understand the student journey. I was a visiting chaplain in Western Australia in 2018. I was born in mainland China and can speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English. I love listening to your stories – both study and work, so feel free to contact me via email or phone for an appointment.

Fr Daryl Montecillo

I’m the Catholic chaplain at the Geelong campuses and also the Parish Priest at Corio and Lara. Born in the Philippines, I grew up in Melbourne and completed studies in nursing before becoming a priest. For Catholics looking for spiritual or sacramental support, or anyone simply happy to have a chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m very happy to help in whatever way I can.

Fr Daryl Montecillo

Fr Cameron Smith

I’m the Catholic chaplain at Deakin’s Burwood Campus, and also the Assistant Priest at St Benedict’s Catholic Community just down the road. Studying at university is a challenging yet exciting undertaking, and I’m here to support students to grow through these challenges and find what they are looking for. I’m available for all students with questions about life, spirituality or study. Please contact me if you would like to have a chat.

Father Cameron Smith

Moe Stiles

I am the Seventh-day Adventist Chaplain at Burwood. I am driven by justice advocacy work, community connectedness, authentic living, building leaders, and passionately yearn to see the person of Jesus truly honoured in the way we live and love each other. It's an honour and a privilege to be part of the chaplaincy team as uni can be overwhelming. I offer an opportunity to provide support and to walk alongside students and staff alike.

Moe Stiles

Geoff Russell

I'm the sole chaplain at the Warrnambool Campus and am also an Associate Pastor at the local Warrnambool and District Baptist Church. I'm married, since 1974, and have 3 married children and 7 grandchildren (so far). I'm a retired professional electrical engineer. I'm here to help you, please get in contact with me about any issue or concern you may have.

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